Pastoral Letter: 2nd Quarter 2021

TABLE OF CONTENTS

– Introduction
– Significance of the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
– Caring & Protecting Older Persons: An Involved Church & Community
– Trends Affecting the Church in South Africa: During & Post-Pandemic
– Conclusion

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Eng PN Updated 2021 – 2nd Qrt WEB

 

AFM Colleagues,

The Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa (AFM) is part of the classical Pentecostal Churches that emphasises the role of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christian believers. We recognise the Holy Spirit as part of the divine Trinity. The role of the Holy Spirit, as part of the Trinity, can be traced back to the Biblical creation narrative in Genesis 1:2 where we read: “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (ESV). In Matthew, the Holy Spirit is associated with the birth of Jesus (Matthew 1:18) and with Jesus’ water baptism (Matthew 3:16-17). Regarding the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19, those who become disciples from all nations should be baptised in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Past. George Mahlobo – President of the AFM of SA

Introduction

The Committee for Doctrine, Ethics and Liturgy (DEL) is currently considering the question of whether speaking in tongues is the only initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

This is an important discussion because it touches on our Confession of Faith. Paragraph P.3.7 of the church’s Confession of Faith states: “WE BELIEVE in the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues as promised to all believers. We believe in the manifestation of the gifts and fruit of the Spirit in the life of a Christian. We believe that a Christian should be a disciple of Jesus Christ living a consecrated and holy life.” We are looking forward to the recommendation of the DEL and the action by the National Leadership Forum. Whatever decision is taken, I do not believe that it will undermine the significance of baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Balancing the Spiritual Gifts with the Spiritual Fruit

During Pentecost week, AFM International organised a virtual conference with the theme: “Balancing the Gifts of the Spirit with the Fruit of the Spirit”. The Gifts of the Spirit are aimed at competency in ministry whereas the Fruit of the Spirit is aimed at the development of a Christ-like character. The two should always be coupled together.

The Gifts of the Spirit were grouped into three, namely (1) Gifts of Revelation (Word of Knowledge, Word of Wisdom & Discerning of spirits); (2) Gifts of Utterance (Prophecy, Different kinds of Tongues & Interpretation of Tongues) and (3) Gifts of Power (Faith, Gifts of Healing & Workings of Miracles).

The Fruit of the Spirit was also grouped into three. The three groups were (1) Personal relationship with God (Love; Joy & Peace); (2) Personal relationship with Others (Patience; Kindness & Goodness) and (3) Personal development (Faithfulness; Gentleness & Self-control).

On Pentecost Sunday we reflected on the significance of Baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Baptism in the Holy Spirit

It is John the Baptist who spoke about Jesus as the one that would baptise with the Holy Spirit. All four Gospels bear testimony to this, namely Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:7-8, Luke 3:16 and John 1:33. Before He ascended to heaven, Jesus gave His final instruction to His Disciples not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for the baptism with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5). This was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost as stated in Acts 2.

There are three occurrences of Baptism with the Holy Spirit which are associated with speaking in tongues in the book of Acts. These are Acts 2:1-4; Acts 10:44-46 and Acts 19:6. In Acts 8:17 we read about new believers who received the Holy Spirit when Peter laid hands on them. The evidence of them receiving the Holy Spirit is not mentioned as speaking in tongues. However, something extraordinary happened when they received the Holy Spirit. This caught the attention of Simon who offered money to receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:18).

Power for Ministry

According to Acts 1:8, the main purpose of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was to empower the disciples as witnesses of Jesus. Acts 1:8 (ESV) reads: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Baptism in the Holy Spirit empowers us to be effective witnesses of Jesus.”

Baptism in the Holy Spirit empowers us to be effective witnesses of Jesus. Being witnesses of Jesus requires enablement from the Holy Spirit. When writing to the church in Corinth Paul said: “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3:5-6 ESV). This power is manifested through the Spiritual Gifts as listed in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11. Through these Gifts, the church receives insight (Gifts of Revelation). The Gifts of Utterance enable the church to hear from God and to speak to the saints. Through Gifts of Power, the church demonstrates God’s power.

Development of the Christ-Like Character

It is expected that God’s children should develop a character that is compatible with Christ’s character. In many instances, this aspect of the Christian life is ignored. The fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 are indicators of the formation of a Christ-like character. We need development in our personal relationship with God (Love; Joy & Peace). We also need to grow in relationship with other people (Patience; Kindness & Goodness) and our personal development (Faithfulness; Gentleness & Self-control). In Luke 2:52 (NLT) we read: “Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all people.”

We must Guard against the Misuse of the Spiritual Gifts

We read about the misuse of Spiritual gifts in Corinth. Paul addresses this issue in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14. We sometimes tend to rate certain Gifts higher than others. Although Paul rated prophecy as a preferred gift in comparison with tongues, this does not mean that the proper use of tongues adds no value (1 Corinthians 14:3-5). Both tongues and prophecy are for edification. When tongues are interpreted, they equate to prophecy.

CARING & PROTECTING OLDER PERSONS: AN INVOLVED CHURCH & COMMUNITY
Ashley Theron (Acting CEO of AFM Welfare) 

The Abuse of Older Persons

Older persons are somebody’s parents, our parents, our grandparents, they are in our churches – they took care of us when we were growing up, now it is our turn to care for them in a dignified manner and to protect them. We should not only say it takes a village to raise a child, we should also say it takes a family, a church and a community to protect and care for older persons. Sadly, the abuse of older persons remains a major challenge in South Africa – it continues in families, communities and even in Facilities for older persons.

“…it takes a family, a church and a community to protect and care for older persons.”

The care and protection of older persons should be one of the focus areas of AFM Assemblies and the practical implementation of the Community Involvement driver (as one of the drivers of the One AFM Game Plan). Some important definitions to consider in this discussion, are:

Older Personis any person who is 60 years old and above.

Older Person in need of care and protectionmeans an older person contemplated in section 25(5) of the Older Persons Act (Act No13 of 2006).

Abuse of an Older Personis when someone with power over an Older Person intentionally harms them or puts them at serious risk of harm, their action, or lack of action.

Forms of Older Persons Abuse

The six types of older person abuse include (1) physical abuse, (2) sexual abuse, (3) emotional or psychological abuse, (4) neglect and self-neglect, (5) abandonment and (6) financial abuse. Each one of these forms of abuse has a definition and specific warning signs that empowers a person to possibly identify when abuse is taking place. Regardless of type, the abuse of older persons can have devastating consequences, including great emotional suffering, serious physical injuries, and even death.

The Role of the Pastor & other Church Leaders

Psalm 141:8-10 states: “My eyes are fixed on you, O God, my Lord; in you I seek refuge; do not leave me defenceless. Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me, and from the snares of evildoers. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.” 

“Pastors and other Church Leaders can play an important role in preventing abuse because they are often the first stop for help.”

Pastors and other Church Leaders can play an important role in preventing abuse because they are often the first stop for help. In many cases, the Pastor or Leader of older adult ministries may be the only other person (except the abuser) in the victim’s life. The abuse of older persons is a crime and all responsible leaders working with older persons MUST report cases of older person abuse to the authorities.

Allow me to share ten recommendations for Pastors and other Church Leaders to consider in their management of Older Persons Abuse in their respective churches and communities (note that these recommendations can also be applied to gender-based violence and child abuse):

Pastors and other Church Leaders should:

  1. Recognise the signs. Generally, look for any signs of mistreatment: physical and verbal abuse; neglect of personal hygiene, living conditions, or medical needs; and exploitation, such as someone taking advantage of an older person’s finances and property. Some older persons are unable or afraid to talk about these kinds of situations, so Church Leaders need to keep a watchful eye on their care.
  2. Give the consistent message (in the form of a sermon) that the abuse of older persons is wrong and contrary to Christian teachings.
  3. Increase awareness and discussion of the abuse of older persons within the church (through regular teaching and training). Educate the congregation on the subject of different types of older person abuse – including fraudulent incidents related to elders.
  4. Reach out to and work with external agencies, including local older person abuse support services, the police, children’s and family services, health services, social services etc. Tackling abuse and helping those who are abused requires a multi-sectoral approach.
  5. Create a safe place for older persons by making your church a place where elderly victims can come for help. Provide confidential (within the boundaries of safeguarding policies), non-judgemental listening and prayer support for anyone who discloses that they have been abused.
  6. Contact the proper authorities. In South Africa, the first call you make is to your nearest Department of Social Development office and if they are not available, report the abuse to the South African Police Service. If the person is in immediate danger, call 10111.
  7. As part of your Community Profile, create a database of all vulnerable persons including older persons living in the local community you serve – including their names, phone numbers, address, next of kin.
  8. Establish a Friendly Visitor Program where members of your congregation regularly visit homebound and elderly members. Also, encourage those with family members in old age homes to visit them often. If a family member is a caregiver, encourage and support the caregiver in getting some time off by arranging with trained church volunteers to offer their help.
  9. Start a Parish Nurse Ministry in which a knowledgeable and professional health care worker can help educate the congregation as well as be an observer of the needs of homebound members.
  10. Help prevent abuse in your community by teaching older persons and their families how to report abuse and or fraud (especially telemarketing fraud), informing them about the types and signs of older persons’ abuse.

Create a safe place for older persons by making your church a place where elderly victims can come for help.”

To further support Pastors and Church Leaders in the task of caring for and protecting older persons, I developed a more detailed resource that can be accessed from the AFM website: https://afm-ags.org/category/articles/. Download this article to learn more about:

  • The Legal and Policy Framework in South Africa (The Older Persons Act).
  • Six types of older person abuse (Learn to Recognise all the Warning Signs).
  • Managing older person abuse (Understand the Roles of every Stakeholder).

TRENDS AFFECTING THE CHURCH IN SOUTH AFRICA: DURING & POST-PANDEMIC

Dr Henri Weideman (General Secretary of the AFM of SA)

Somewhere during this year, or early next year we will move into a post-Covid-19 pandemic world. No one can say exactly what the future holds, but we do observe certain trends around the world, some of which are also relevant to South Africa and should be considered as we plan and pray about the future. Some of these are:

Trend 1: The Importance of Ministry in the Digital Realm

I persist with an observation that I made previously, that the church will remain an in-person entity but should not miss out on the opportunity of developing an online presence. Many congregations are developing a permanent online presence and are maximizing the opportunity for digital outreach. In doing so, they reach new people but also retain existing members who currently prefer the safety of online engagement.

Some leaders advocate a “digital-first” strategy while others focus on an “in-person first” approach. Strategies where these two approaches are blended in a complementary fashion are also rising. Cutting-edge church leaders understand that the church must be present on the internet in ways that go beyond streaming Sunday morning worship and facilitating online giving. Options like online Bible study groups, online new member- and pre-marriage courses, and the formation of new faith communities that exist solely online, should also be explored.

Trend 2: A Bigger Focus on Connecting and Fulfilling the Mission, than on Gathering

Historically, the church has done almost everything to gather people in one building. Growing churches are now starting to focus much more on connecting people to each other and to God and less on just gathering them. Connecting people on Sunday mornings will stay important. It will however not necessarily only be in one building anymore. Outward focusing gatherings would consist of micro-churches in people’s homes and other buildings on Sunday mornings, as well as on other days. If you can accept the fact that micro-gatherings, distributed gatherings, and people watching from home are all connecting people to one another, you will be able to mobilise those people in the same way you would the people who are in the church building.

“The size of your vision should be bigger than the capacity of the building you can fill.”

One of the opportunities for connecting people will be accommodating the demographic shifts and increasing cultural diversity in our communities. It is also important to realise that individuals outside the church connect more readily to the impact a local congregation has on its community than to the denominational label of that church.

Trend 3: Movements, Moments And Mission

Around the world, people seem to have no trouble pouring out onto the streets for political or social protests or gathering for critical moments. The church, at its authentic best, has all the characteristics of a movement on a mission, characterised by some very profound moments. Too often though we miss those critical elements because so much of the current church model has been based on content delivery on a Sunday morning.

Content used to fill a building because it was scarce. You had to attend to hear a message, but in a time where content fills the internet, content alone no longer fills a room. The abundance of content and information needs moments of insight to bring meaning out of the content.

People do not just want information about God, they are hungry for an experience of God.”

Emphasising moments, movements and mission are more critical than ever. People do not just want to know what is true; they want to know what is real. And what is real is deeper than just an idea – it is an experience. People do not just want information about God, they are hungry for an experience of God. We must include moments in our gatherings that go beyond information and engage people’s senses and heart, especially during worship and times of prayer. Churches that ignore an encounter with God and just hope that a decent message will fill the room, will most likely be shocked by how it no longer does.

Trend 4: Succession is Becoming more Important

We see several older leaders of Assemblies who realise that it is time for them to move on – but they do not know how. We also see younger leaders leaving because older leaders are not moving on when they should. Every year that an Assembly is led by a leader who has lost vision, lost passion and lost focus – the mission of that church suffers. However, the succession crisis is only a crisis if you make it one. Instead of just hanging on, great leadership renews itself.

The drawback is that the older you get, the less likely you are to innovate around methods – and innovation drives growth and connection with emerging generations. Data points to a trend that growing churches tend to be led by younger leaders. Many leaders talk about reaching the next generation, but they seldom include the next generation in their planning. It is becoming increasingly clear that it is going to take the leadership of the next generation to reach the next generation.

Trend 5: New Staffing Patterns

One component of the changing nature of the religious workforce is an increase in part-time and bi-vocational clergy and more “laity” in substantial ministry roles as paid staff or volunteers.

The pandemic has forced some churches to downsize their staff for financial reasons. And it has put a premium on electronic communications skills that are vital to virtually every aspect of the practice of ministry. Some congregations are starting to appoint individuals who have technical knowledge but must be helped toward a better theological grounding. Congregations increasingly look for staff with specific skills in communication, marketing, fundraising, and other needed specialities.

With Acknowledgement to Doug Powe, Ann A. Michel and Thom Rainer.

CONCLUSION

As we emerge into the post-pandemic world, leaders who see opportunities instead of obstacles will thrive. The church is sometimes missing out on spiritual entrepreneurship – something the New Testament calls Apostleship. It is a kind of profound willpower, innovation and intensity shown by the Apostle Paul. Spiritual entrepreneurs are the kind of leaders who will find tomorrow’s solutions when most leaders can only see today’s problems.

“Spiritual entrepreneurs are the kind of leaders who will find tomorrow’s solutions when most leaders can only see today’s problems.”

One of the most important observations regarding the time that we are living in is that it invites all of us to be innovative, flexible and to practice endurance.

Blessings!

Past. M.G. Mahlobo

(President of the AFM of SA)

Pastorale Brief: 2de Kwartaal 2021

INHOUD

– Groete
– Belangrikheid van die Uitstorting van die Heilige Gees
– Sorg en Beskerming van Ouer Persone: ‘n Betrokke Kerk en Gemeenskap
– Tendense wat die Kerk raak: Gedurende & na die Pandemie
– Slot
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AGS Kollega,

Die Apostoliese Geloofsending van Suid-Afrika (AGS) is deel van die klassieke Pinksterkerke wat die rol van die Heilige Gees in die lewens van Christen gelowiges beklemtoon. Ons erken die Heilige Gees as deel van die Goddelike Drie-Eenheid. Die rol van die Heilige Gees, as deel van die Drie-Eenheid, kan teruggevoer word na die Bybelse skeppingsverhaal in Genesis 1:2, waar ons lees: “Die aarde was heeltemal onbewoonbaar, dit was donker op die diep waters, maar die Gees van God het oor die waters gesweef.” (AFR83). In Matteus word die Heilige Gees geassosieer met die geboorte van Jesus (Matteus 1:18) en Jesus se waterdoop (Matteus 3: 16-17). Wat die Groot Opdrag in Matteus 28:19 betref, moet diegene wat dissipels van alle nasies word, gedoop word in die Naam van die Vader en die Seun en die Heilige Gees.

BELANGRIKHEID VAN DIE UITSTORTING VAN DIE HEILIGE GEES

Past. George Mahlobo (President van die AGS van SA)
[email protected] 

Die Komitee vir Doktrine, Etiek en Liturgie (DEL) oorweeg tans die vraag of, om in tale te praat, die enigste aanvanklike bewys is van die Doop met die Heilige Gees.

Dit is ‘n belangrike bespreking omdat dit ons belydenis van geloof beïnvloed. Paragraaf P.3.7 van die kerk se geloofsbelydenis sê: “WE BELIEVE in the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues as promised to all believers. We believe in the manifestation of the gifts and fruit of the Spirit in the life of a Christian. We believe that a Christian should be a disciple of Jesus Christ living a consecrated and holy life.” Ons sien uit na die aanbeveling van die DEL en die optrede deur die Nasionale Leierskapforum (NLF). Wat ook al besluit word, ek glo nie dat dit die belangrikheid van die Doop met die Heilige Gees sal ondermyn nie.

Balansering van die Gawes van die Gees en die Vrug van die Gees

Gedurende Pinksterweek het AFM International ‘n virtuele konferensie gereël met die tema: “Die balansering van die Gawes van die Gees en die Vrug van die Gees.” Die Gawes van die Gees is gerig op bevoegdheid in bediening, terwyl die Vrug van die Gees gemik is op die ontwikkeling van ‘n Christelike karakter. Die twee moet altyd aanmekaar gekoppel word.

Die Gawes van die Gees is in drie gegroepeer, naamlik (1) die Gawe van Openbaring (Woorde van kennis, woorde van wysheid en die gawe om tussen die geeste te onderskei); (2) Gawes van Uiting (Profesie, verskillende soorte tale en die uitleg van tale) en (3) Gawes van Krag (Geloof, die gawe van genesing, en die gawe van wonderwerke).

Die Vrug van die Gees is ook in drie gegroepeer. Die drie groepe is (1) ‘n Persoonlike verhouding met God (Liefde; Vreugde en Vrede); (2) ‘n Persoonlike verhouding met ander (Geduld; Vriendelikheid en Goedheid) en (3) Persoonlike ontwikkeling (Betroubaarheid; Sagmoedigheid en Selfbeheersing).

Op Pinkster-Sondag het ons besin oor die belangrikheid van die Doop met die Heilige Gees.

Doop met die Heilige Gees 

Dit is Johannes die Doper wat oor Jesus gepraat het as die een wat met die Heilige Gees sou doop. Al vier Evangelies getuig hiervan, soos geskryf in Matteus 3:11, Markus 1:7-8, Lukas 3:16 en Johannes 1:33. In Sy laaste opdrag voordat Hy hemel toe opgevaar het, het Jesus Sy dissipels opdrag gegee om nie Jerusalem te verlaat nie, maar om te wag vir die Doop met die Heilige Gees (Handelinge 1:4-5). Dit is vervul op die dag van Pinkster soos in Handelinge 2 vermeld.

Daar is drie voorvalle van Doop met die Heilige Gees in die boek van Handelinge wat verband hou met die aksie om in tale te praat. Dit is Handelinge 2:1-4; Handelinge 10:44-46 en Handelinge 19:6. In Handelinge 8:17 lees ons oor nuwe gelowiges wat die Heilige Gees ontvang het toe Petrus vir hulle hande opgelê het. Die bewys dat hulle in tale gepraat het toe hulle die Heilige Gees ontvang het, word nie genoem nie. Daar het egter iets buitengewoons gebeur toe hulle die Heilige Gees ontvang het. Dit het die aandag getrek van Simon, wat geld aangebied het om die Heilige Gees te ontvang (Handelinge 8:18).

Krag vir Bediening

Volgens Handelinge 1:8 was die hoofdoel van die uitstorting van die Heilige Gees om die dissipels as getuies van Jesus te bemagtig. Handelinge 1: 8 (AFR83) lui: “Maar julle sal krag ontvang wanneer die Heilige Gees oor julle kom, en julle sal my getuies wees in Jerusalem sowel as in die hele Judea en in Samaria en tot in die uithoeke van die wêreld.”

Die Doop met die Heilige Gees bemagtig ons om effektiewe getuies van Jesus te wees.”

Die Doop met die Heilige Gees bemagtig ons om effektiewe getuies van Jesus te wees. Om getuies van Jesus te wees, verg bemagtiging van die Heilige Gees. Toe hy aan die kerk in Korinte geskryf het, het Paulus gesê: “Uit onsself is ons nie in staat om iets te bedink asof dit uit onsself kom nie. Ons bekwaamheid kom van God, wat ons bekwaam gemaak het om bedienaars van ‘n nuwe verbond te wees, nie van die letter nie, maar van die Gees. Die letter maak dood, die Gees maak lewend.” (2 Korintiërs 3:5-6 AFR83).

Hierdie krag word gemanifesteer deur die Geestelike Gawes soos gelys in 1 Korintiërs 12:7-11. Deur hierdie gawes ontvang die kerk insig (Gawes van Openbaring). Die Gawes van Uiting stel die kerk in staat om van God te hoor en met gelowiges te praat. Deur Gawes van Krag demonstreer die kerk God se krag.

Ontwikkeling van ‘n Christelike Karakter

Daar word verwag dat God se kinders ‘n karakter moet ontwikkel wat versoenbaar is met Christus se karakter. In baie gevalle word hierdie aspek van die Christelike lewe geïgnoreer. Die Vrug van die Gees in Galasiërs 5:22-23 is ‘n aanduiding van die vorming van ‘n Christelike karakter. Ons het ontwikkeling nodig in ons Persoonlike verhouding met God (Liefde; Vreugde en Vrede). Ons moet ook groei in ons verhoudinge met ander mense (Geduld; Vriendelikheid en Goedheid) en in ons Persoonlike ontwikkeling (Betroubaarheid; Sagmoedigheid en Selfbeheersing). In Lukas 2:52 (AFR83) lees ons: “En Jesus het verstandelik en liggaamlik gegroei en in guns by God en die mense toegeneem.”

Ons moet onsself Beskerm teen die Misbruik van die Gawes van die Gees

Ons lees oor die misbruik van die Gawes van die Gees in Korinte. Paulus behandel hierdie kwessie in 1 Korintiërs 12 en 14. Ons is soms geneig om sekere gawes hoër as ander te ag. Alhoewel Paulus die Gawe van Profesie hoër geag het as om in tale te praat, beteken dit nie dat praat in tale geen waarde toevoeg nie (1 Korintiërs 14: 3-5). Beide die praat in tale en profesie is opbouend. In werklikheid, as die taal uitgelê word, is dit gelyk aan profesie.

SORG EN BESKERMING VAN OUER PERSONE: ‘N BETROKKE KERK & GEMEENSKAP
Ashley Theron (Waarnemende Uitvoerende Hoof van AGS Welsyn)
[email protected] 

Die Mishandeling van Ouer Persone

Ouer persone is iemand se ouers, ons ouers, ons grootouers, hulle is in ons kerke – hulle het vir ons gesorg toe ons grootgeword het, nou is dit ons beurt om op ‘n waardige manier na hulle om te sien en hulle te beskerm. Net soos dit ‘n familie en ‘n gemeenskap (of “village”) verg om ‘n kind groot te maak en te beskerm, net so verg dit ‘n betrokke kerk en ‘n gemeenskap om ouer persone te beskerm en te versorg. Ongelukkig bly die mishandeling van ouer persone ‘n groot uitdaging in Suid-Afrika – dit woed voort in gesinne, gemeenskappe en selfs in versorgingsfasiliteite vir ouer persone.

Die versorging en beskerming van ouer persone behoort een van die fokus areas van elke AGS Gemeente te wees. Veral in die lig van ons kerk se One AFM Game Plan – en meer spesifiek die praktiese implementering van die Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid drywer. Enkele belangrike definisies sluit in:

Ouer persoon – is enige persoon wat 60 jaar en ouer is.

Ouer persoon wat versorging en beskerming benodig – beteken ‘n ouer persoon soos verwys in Artikel 25 (5) van die Wet op Ouer Persone (Wet No13 van 2006).

Mishandeling van ‘n ouer persoon – is wanneer iemand wat mag het oor ‘n ouer persoon hulle opsetlik benadeel of in ernstige gevaar stel, d.m.v. hul optrede of gebrek aan optrede.

Vorme van Mishandeling van Ouer Persone

Die ses soorte mishandeling van ouer persone sluit in (1) fisiese mishandeling, (2) seksuele misbruik, (3) emosionele of sielkundige mishandeling, (4) verwaarlosing of selfverwaarlosing, (5) agterlating (“abandonment”) en (6) finansiële misbruik. Elkeen van hierdie vorme van mishandeling het ‘n definisie en spesifieke waarskuwingstekens wat iemand in staat stel om moontlik te identifiseer wanneer mishandeling plaasvind. Ongeag die tipe, die misbruik van ouer persone kan verwoestende gevolge hê, waaronder groot emosionele lyding, ernstige liggaamlike beserings en selfs die dood ingesluit kan wees.

Die Rol van die Pastoor en ander Kerkleiers

Psalm 141:8-10 sê: “Op U, Here my God aan wie ek behoort, is my oë gerig, by U skuil ek, moenie dat my lewe wegkwyn nie. Beskerm my teen die strik wat hulle vir my gestel het, teen die valstrikke van dié wat onreg doen. Laat die goddeloses gevang word in hulle eie nette, maar laat my ongedeerd verbykom.”

“Pastore en ander kerkleiers speel ‘n belangrike rol in die voorkoming van mishandeling omdat hulle dikwels die eerste stop vir hulp is.”

Pastore en ander kerkleiers speel ‘n belangrike rol in die voorkoming van mishandeling omdat hulle dikwels die eerste stop vir hulp is. In baie gevalle is die pastoor of leier van die bediening vir ouer volwassenes die enigste ander persoon (behalwe die persoon wat die bron van die misbruik is) in die slagoffer se lewe. Mishandeling van ouer persone is ‘n misdaad en alle verantwoordelike leiers wat met ouer persone werk, MOET gevalle van mishandeling by die owerhede aanmeld.

Laat my toe om tien aanbevelings te deel wat pastore en kerkleiers in ag kan neem by die hantering van die mishandeling van ouer persone in hul  gemeentes en gemeenskappe (let op dat hierdie aanbevelings ook op die areas van geslagsgeweld en kindermishandeling toegepas kan word):

Pastore en kerkleiers kan die volgende aanbevelings oorweeg om prakties betrokke te wees by die versorging en beskerming van ouer mense: 

  1. Herken die tekens. Soek die tekens van mishandeling: fisiese en verbale mishandeling; verwaarlosing van persoonlike higiëne, lewensomstandighede of mediese behoeftes; en uitbuiting, soos iemand wat voordeel trek uit die finansies en eiendom van ‘n ouer persoon. Sommige ouer persone is nie in staat of is te bang om oor sulke situasies te praat, dus moet kerkleiers ouer mense met sorg dophou.
  2. Gee die konsekwente boodskap (in die vorm van ‘n preek) dat mishandeling van ouer persone verkeerd is en in stryd is met die Christelike geloof.
  3. Verhoog bewustheid en bespreking van die mishandeling van ouer persone binne die kerk (deur gereelde onderrig en opleiding). Leer die gemeentelede oor verskillende soorte misbruik van ouer persone – insluitend bedrieglike voorvalle waar ouderlinge betrokke is.
  4. Reik uit na en werk saam met eksterne agentskappe, insluitend plaaslike dienste vir die mishandeling van ouer persone, die polisie, kinder- en gesinsdienste, gesondheidsdienste, maatskaplike dienste, ens. Om misbruik aan te pak en diegene wat mishandel word te help, verg ‘n multi-sektorale benadering.
  5. Skep ‘n veilige plek vir ouer persone deur jou gemeente ‘n plek te maak waar bejaarde slagoffers kan kom hulp soek. Bied vertroulike (binne die grense van die beskerming van beleid), nie-veroordelende luister- en gebedsondersteuning vir enige iemand wat beweer dat hulle mishandel word.
  6. Kontak die regte owerhede. In Suid-Afrika is die eerste oproep na jou naaste Departement van Maatskaplike Ontwikkeling kantoor – en indien hulle nie beskikbaar is nie, meld die misbruik aan by die Suid-Afrikaanse Polisiediens (SAPS). Skakel 10111 as die persoon in onmiddellike gevaar is.
  7. As deel van jou Gemeenskapsprofiel, stel ‘n databasis op van alle kwesbare persone, insluitend ouer persone wat in die plaaslike gemeenskap woon waar jou gemeente bedien – sluit hul name, telefoonnommers, adres en naasbestaandes in.
  8. Stel ‘n Besoekersprogram op waar lidmate van jou gemeente gereeld bejaarde lidmate aan huis besoek. Moedig ook diegene met familielede in ouetehuise aan om hulle gereeld te gaan besoek. As ‘n familielid ‘n versorger is, moet jy die versorger aanmoedig en ondersteun om vrye tyd te skep deur ‘n reëling te tref vir addisionele hulp met moontlike opgeleide kerkvrywilligers.
  9. Begin ‘n Verpleegsterbediening waar ‘n kundige en professionele gesondheidsorgwerker kan help om die gemeente op te lei, sowel as om die behoeftes van lidmate wat huisgebonde is, te monitor.
  10. Help om misbruik in jou gemeenskap te voorkom deur ouer persone en hul gesinne te leer hoe om mishandeling en/of bedrog aan te meld, veral tele(foon)bemarking bedrog, en lig hulle in oor die soorte en tekens van mishandeling van ouer persone.

Skep ‘n veilige plek vir ouer persone deur jou gemeente ‘n plek te maak waar bejaarde slagoffers kan kom hulp soek.”

Ter ondersteuning het ek ‘n meer gedetailleerde bron ontwikkel wat afgelaai kan word vanaf die AGS-webwerf: https://afm-ags.org/category/articles/.

Laai hierdie artikel af om meer te leer oor:

  • Die regs- en beleidsraamwerk in Suid-Afrika (“The Older Persons Act”).
  • Ses soorte misbruik van ouer persone (Leer om al die waarskuwingstekens te herken).
  • Die hantering en bestuur van misbruik van ouer persone (Verstaan die rol van elke belanghebbende in die gemeenskap).

TENDENSE WAT DIE KERK RAAK: GEDURENDE & NA DIE PANDEMIE

Dr Henri Weideman (Algemene Sekretaris van die AGS van SA) 
[email protected]

Iewers gedurende hierdie jaar, of vroeg volgende jaar, sal ons ‘n post Covid-19-pandemie-wêreld betree. Niemand kan presies sê wat die toekoms inhou nie, maar ons neem wel sekere tendense regoor die wêreld waar, waarvan sommige ook relevant is vir Suid-Afrika. Ons behoort hierdie tendense te oorweeg wanneer ons beplan en bid oor die toekoms:

Tendens 1: Die Belangrikheid van Bediening in die Digitale Sfeer 

Ek hou vol met ‘n waarneming wat ek voorheen gemaak het, dat die kerk ‘n in-persoon entiteit sal bly, maar nie die geleentheid moet misloop om ‘n aanlyn teenwoordigheid te ontwikkel nie. Baie gemeentes vestig ‘n permanente aanlyn teenwoordigheid en gebruik dit ook suksesvol vir digitale uitreike. Hierdeur word nuwe mense bereik, maar terselfdertyd behou gemeentes ook bestaande lidmate wat tans die veiligheid van aanlynbetrokkenheid verkies.

Sommige leiers bepleit ‘n “digitale eerste” strategie terwyl ander fokus op ‘n “in-persoon eerste” benadering. Strategieë waar hierdie twee benaderings op ‘n aanvullende wyse gebruik word, kom al hoe meer voor. Vernuwende kerkleiers verstaan dat die kerk op die internet teenwoordig moet wees op maniere wat verder gaan as die regstreekse uitsending van Sondag oggenddienste en die aanlyn gee van bydraes. Opsies soos digitale Bybelstudiegroepe, nuwe lidmaat- en voorhuwelikse kursusse, en die vorming van nuwe geloofsgemeenskappe wat uitsluitlik aanlyn bestaan, moet ook ondersoek word.

Tendens 2: ‘n Groter Fokus op Konneksie en Missie

Histories het gemeentes byna alles gedoen om mense op Sondae in een gebou bymekaar te bring. Groeiende kerke begin egter baie meer daarop fokus om mense met mekaar en met God te verbind en fokus minder daarop om hulle net bymekaar te bring. Om mense op Sondae oggende byeen te bring sal altyd belangrik bly. Dit sal egter nie noodwendig net meer in een gebou wees nie. Byeenkomste met ‘n uitwaartse fokus kan Sondae oggende, asook op ander dae, uit mikro-kerke in mense se huise en in ander geboue bestaan. As jy die feit kan aanvaar dat mikro-byeenkomste, verspreide byeenkomste en mense wat van die huis af kyk, almal geleenthede is wat mense met mekaar verbind, sal jy daardie mense kan mobiliseer op dieselfde manier as wat jy die mense wat in die kerkgebou byeenkom kan mobiliseer.

“Jou visie moet groter wees as die kapasiteit van die gebou wat jy kan vul.”

Indien ‘n gemeente ‘n strategie het om demografiese verskuiwings en die toenemende kulturele diversiteit in ons gemeenskappe te akkommodeer, is dit ‘n verdere geleentheid om mense met mekaar te verbind. Dit is ook belangrik om te besef dat individue buite die kerk makliker aanklank vind by die impak wat ‘n plaaslike gemeente op sy gemeenskap het, teenoor die kerk se spesifieke denominasie.

Tendens 3: Oomblikke, Bewegings en Missie 

Dit lyk of mense regoor die wêreld geen probleem het om die strate in te vaar vir politieke of sosiale betogings of om in kritieke oomblikke bymekaar te kom nie. Die kerk, op haar outentieke beste, het al die eienskappe van ‘n beweging met ‘n definitiewe missie. Te dikwels  mis ons egter hierdie kritieke elemente, omdat soveel van die huidige kerkmodel gebaseer is op inhoudlewering op ‘n Sondagoggend.

Inhoud was in die verlede genoeg om ‘n gebou te vul met mense, omdat dit skaars was. Jy moes die diens bywoon om ‘n boodskap te hoor, maar in ‘n tyd waar inligting die internet oorstroom, vul inhoud alleen nie meer ‘n vertrek nie.

Mense wil nie net inligting oor God hê nie, hulle is honger vir ‘n belewenis van God.”

Die beklemtoning van oomblikke, bewegings en missie is belangriker as ooit. Mense wil nie net weet wat waar is nie; hulle wil weet wat werklik is. En wat werklik is, is dieper as net ‘n idee – dit is ‘n ervarings oomblik. Mense wil nie net inligting oor God hê nie, hulle is honger vir ‘n belewenis van God. Ons moet oomblikke in ons byeenkomste inbou wat verder strek as inligting en mense se sintuie en harte betrek, veral tydens aanbidding. Kerke wat ‘n ontmoeting met God ignoreer en net hoop dat ‘n ordentlike boodskap die kerkgebou sal vul, sal waarskynlik geskok wees dat nie meer gebeur nie.

Tendens 4: Opvolging word Belangriker 

Ons sien verskeie ouer leiers van gemeentes wat besef dat dit tyd is vir hulle om aan te beweeg, maar hul weet nie hoe nie. Ons sien ook jonger leiers wat gemeentes verlaat, omdat ouer leiers nie aanbeweeg wanneer hulle moet nie. Elke jaar wat ‘n gemeente gelei word deur ‘n leier wat visie, passie en fokus verloor het, ly die missie van daardie gemeente daaronder. Die opvolgkrisis is egter net ‘n krisis as jy dit een maak. In plaas daarvan om net aan te gaan, herdefinieer goeie leierskap hulleself gereeld.

Die nadeel is dat hoe ouer jy word, hoe minder waarskynlik is dit dat jy innoverend t.o.v. metodes sal wees. Innovasie dryf groei en die betrokkenheid van opkomende geslagte. Die data dui op ‘n tendens dat groeiende kerke geneig is om deur jonger leiers gelei te word. Baie leiers praat oor die bereiking van die volgende generasie, maar hulle sluit selde die volgende generasie in hul beplanning in. Dit word al hoe duideliker dat dit die leierskap van die volgende generasie gaan neem om die volgende generasie te bereik.

Tendens 5: Nuwe Patrone in Personeel Aanstellings

Daar is ‘n toename in deeltydse en dubbel-beroep pastore en meer gemeentelede in sleutel bedieningsrolle as betaalde personeel of vrywilligers.

Die pandemie het sommige kerke gedwing om hul personeel te verminder weens finansiële redes. Dit het egter ook ‘n premie geplaas op elektroniese kommunikasievaardighede wat noodsaaklik geword het vir bykans elke aspek van die bediening. Sommige gemeentes begin individue aanstel wat tegniese kennis het, maar gehelp moet word om ‘n beter teologiese begronding te kry. Gemeentes soek toenemend personeel met spesifieke vaardighede in kommunikasie, bemarking, fondsinsameling en ander relevante eienskappe.

Met Erkenning aan Doug Powe, Ann A. Michel en Thom Rainer. 

SLOT

Soos wat ons die post-pandemie wêreld binnegaan, sal leiers wat geleenthede in plaas van struikelblokke sien, floreer. Die kerk mis soms geestelike entrepreneurskap – iets wat die Nuwe Testament, Apostelskap noem. Dit is die soort wilskrag, innovasie en intensiteit waarmee die Apostel Paulus geleef het. Geestelike entrepreneurs is die soort leiers wat môre se oplossings vind, terwyl die meeste leiers nog net vandag se probleme raaksien.

Geestelike entrepreneurs is die soort leiers wat môre se oplossings vind, terwyl die meeste leiers nog net vandag se probleme raaksien.”

Een van die belangrikste waarnemings oor die tyd waarin ons leef, is dat dit ons almal uitnooi om innoverend en aanpasbaar te wees en uithouvermoë te beoefen.

Seën!

Past. M.G. Mahlobo

(President van die AGS van SA)

Newsflash: Friday, 4 June 2021

Download the PDF-version here (e-mail and printer-friendly):

AFM JUNE 4 ENG NEWSFLASH

RESOURCES

1. GBM Online Registration Form
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=413 

2. Pastoral Letter: 1st Quarter 
https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-1st-quarter-2021/ 

3. The Possible Adoption of a Single Marriage Statute: AFM Response 
https://afm-ags.org/friday-7-may-2021-funeral-guidelines-updated-afm-response-to-salrc/

4. Funeral Guidelines (Updated March 2021 – Attendance 100)
https://afm-ags.org/friday-7-may-2021-funeral-guidelines-updated-afm-response-to-salrc/

AFM Colleagues,

I wish to bring to your attention that Child Protection Week is celebrated in South Africa from Sunday, 31 May 2021 to Sunday, 6 June 2021. Today I bring you two messages in this regard – one from our National Children’s Ministry (NCM) and the other from our Welfare Department.

1. CHILD PROTECTION WEEK: MESSAGE FROM THE NCM OF THE AFM OF SA

 

Child Protection Week is commemorated annually to raise awareness about the protection of children and their rights. This is a chance to bring issues of child abuse and neglect into the spotlight. It is an opportunity to see the church and its local community working together to reflect on the different roles that can be played to protect our children in our respective areas and country as a whole.

As the Children’s Ministry of the AFM of SA, we can take the lead in our respective Assemblies and Regions to champion the rights of our children in totality – including their spirituality. I therefore request every Educator and Children’s Ministry Worker to be active there wherever you are and cooperate with other structures that are also commemorating this event.

GET HELP:

– Toll-free number for GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE 0800 428 428

– Childline South Africa: 0800 055 555

God Bless!

Past. Sam Tshabalala

(Director: NCM of the AFM of SA)

2. CHILD PROTECTION WEEK: MESSAGE FROM AFM WELFARE

The Bible is very clear about the fact that children are part of God’s creation, that children are gifts from God to families, that children need nurturing and guidance and that children need discipline. The Bible also says that orphans, displaced- and refugee children and those living in poverty need special care. Children need protection and are blessed by God.

Within the context of the church’s missional strategy (the One AFM Game Plan), children ought to be one of the focus areas within every AFM Assembly’s Community Involvement driver.

National Child Protection Week is commemorated in the country annually to raise awareness on (i) the protection of children as articulated in the Children’s Act (Act No. 38 of 2005) and (ii) the rights of children as articulated in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. AFM Welfare calls on all AFM Assemblies to support Child Protection Week by ensuring that the most vulnerable in our society do not suffer abuse. It is in our hands to stop the cycle of neglect, abuse, violence and exploitation of children.

 

I encourage AFM Pastors to equip themselves to make a difference in their communities on the social issue of child protection. Practical guidelines for Pastors are included in a comprehensive online article that focuses on:

  • What the Bible says about children.
  • Types of child abuse.
  • Practical steps a Pastor or Assembly Leader can follow to report abuse or suspected abuse.
  • Important contact numbers.

To view and download this comprehensive article, visit the link below:

https://afm-ags.org/community-involvement-understanding-child-abuse-pastoral-letter-3rd-quarter/

Ashley Theron
(Acting CEO of AFM Welfare)

Blessings!
MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 4 Junie 2021

Laai die PDF-weergawe hier af (om maklik te e-pos of uit te druk):

AFM 4 JUNE AFR NUUSFLITS

HULPBRONNE:

1. GBM Aanlyn Registrasievorm
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=413

2. Pastorale Brief: 1ste Kwartaal
https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-1ste-kwartaal-2021/

3. Moontlike Aanvaarding van ‘n Enkele Huwelikswet: AGS Terugvoer
https://afm-ags.org/friday-7-may-2021-funeral-guidelines-updated-afm-response-to-salrc/

4. Begrafnis Riglyne (Opgedateer: Maart 2021 – Bywoning 100)
https://afm-ags.org/friday-7-may-2021-funeral-guidelines-updated-afm-response-to-salrc/

AGS Kollega,

Ek wil graag jou aandag vestig op Kinderbeskermingsweek wat in Suid-Afrika gevier word vanaf Sondag, 31 Mei 2021 tot Sondag, 6 Junie 2021. Vandag deel ek twee boodskappe in hierdie verband – een van ons Nasionale Kinderbediening en ‘n ander van ons Welsynsdepartement (AGS Welsyn).

1. KINDERBESKERMINGSWEEK: ‘N BOODSKAP VAN DIE NASIONALE KINDERBEDIENING VAN DIE AGS VAN SA

Kinderbeskermingsweek word jaarliks ​​herdenk om bewusmaking te skep oor die beskerming van kinders en hul regte. Hierdie week is ‘n geleentheid om kwessies oor kindermishandeling en verwaarlosing in die kollig te bring. Dit is ‘n geleentheid om te sien hoe die kerk en sy plaaslike gemeenskap saamwerk en saam nadink oor die verskillende rolle wat daar gespeel moet word om te verseker dat ons kinders die nodige beskerming ontvang – nie net in ons onderskeie gemeenskappe nie, maar ook in die land as geheel.

As die Kinderbediening van die AGS van SA, kan ons die leiding neem in ons onderskeie Gemeentes en Streke om onsself te beywer vir al die regte van ons kinders – insluitend hulle geestelike lewe. Ek versoek dus elke Opvoeder en Kinderbedieningswerker om daar waar jy jouself bevind, aktief te wees en saam met ander strukture te werk wat ook fokus op Kinderbeskermingsweek.

KRY HULP:

– Tolvrye nommer vir GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE 0800 428 428

– Childline South Africa: 0800 055 555

Seën!

Past. Sam Tshabalala

(Direkteur: Kinderbediening van die AGS van SA)

2. KINDERBESKERMINGSWEEK: BOODSKAP VAN DIE AGS WELSYN 

Die Bybel is baie duidelik oor die feit dat kinders deel is van God se skepping, dat kinders geskenke van God aan gesinne is, dat hulle versorging en leiding nodig het en dat kinders dissipline nodig het. Die Bybel sê ook dat weeskinders, verplaasde- en vlugtelingkinders en kinders wat in armoede leef, spesiale sorg nodig het. Kinders het beskerming nodig en word deur God geseën.

Kinders behoort binne die konteks van ons kerk se missionale strategie (die One AFM Game Plan) een van die fokus areas te wees as dit kom by die Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid drywer.

Nasionale Kinderbeskermingsweek word jaarliks ​​in ons land herdenk om bewustheid te kweek oor (i) die beskerming van kinders soos uiteengesit in die Kinderwet (Wet No. 38 van 2005) en (ii) die regte van kinders soos uiteengesit in die Grondwet van die Republiek van Suid-Afrika. AGS Welsyn doen ‘n beroep op alle AGS Gemeentes om Kinderbeskermingsweek te ondersteun deur te verseker dat die kwesbaarste in ons samelewing nie mishandel word nie. Dit is in ons hande om die kringloop van verwaarlosing, mishandeling, geweld en uitbuiting van kinders te stop.

Ek moedig AGS Pastore aan om hulself te bemagtig en toe te rus om ‘n verskil te kan maak in die area van kinderbeskerming binne plaaslike gemeenskappe. Praktiese riglyne vir Pastore is beskikbaar in ‘n omvattende aanlyn artikel wat meer uitbrei oor:

  • Wat die Bybel sê oor kinders.
  • Tipes kindermishandeling.
  • Praktiese stappe wat ‘n Pastoor of Gemeente Leier kan volg om mishandeling of vermeende mishandeling aan te meld.
  • Belangrike kontaknommers.

Besoek die onderstaande skakel om hierdie omvattende artikel af te laai:

https://afm-ags.org/community-involvement-understanding-child-abuse-pastoral-letter-3rd-quarter/

Ashley Theron
(Waarnemende Hoof van AGS Welsyn)

Seën!
MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 21 May 2021

Download the PDF version here (e-mail and printer-friendly):

AFM 21 MAY ENG NEWSFLASH

RESOURCES

1. GBM Online Registration Form
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=413 

2. Pastoral Letter: 1st Quarter 
https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-1st-quarter-2021/ 

3. The Possible Adoption of a Single Marriage Statute: AFM Response 
https://afm-ags.org/friday-7-may-2021-funeral-guidelines-updated-afm-response-to-salrc/

4. Funeral Guidelines (Updated March 2021 – Attendance 100)
https://afm-ags.org/friday-7-may-2021-funeral-guidelines-updated-afm-response-to-salrc/

AFM Colleague,

1. WEEKS OF PENTECOST AND PENTECOST SUNDAY

I would like to apologize for an incorrect entry of the 2021 Week of Pentecost and Pentecost Sunday in our Annual Calendar. We are in the Weeks of Pentecost since 14 May 2021. Pentecost Sunday is on 23 May 2021. Kindly find the most updated AFM National Calendar from the link below:

https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

During the Weeks of Pentecost, we reflect on the 120 who waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the upper room as recorded in Acts 1:4-5. On this coming Pentecost Sunday, we will be joining the global Christian community in celebrating the momentous events in Acts 2. We will do so amid the pandemic that has engulfed the whole world. A short sermon by Past. Barend Petersen (General Treasurer of the AFM of SA) will be posted on the AFM’s social media platforms on Pentecost Sunday – Facebook & Instagram.

Let us use this Pentecost Sunday as an opportunity to PRAY for:

  • God’s intervention in mitigating the disastrous impact of Covid-19.
  • The reality of the Holy Baptism in the lives of our members.
  • The development of the Fruit of the Spirit in the character of our members.
  • Revival
2. THE AFM’S BIRTHDAY AND AFRICA DAY

On 25 May 2021, the AFM will be celebrating its 113th year of existence. This celebration coincides with Africa Day. Let us celebrate God’s Grace which has accompanied the AFM for 113 years. Let us also reflect on God’s Redemptive Gift (the DNA of the AFM) and its impact on the world. A short Birthday message by Dr Japie & Mrs Susan La Poorta will be shared on the AFM’s social media – Facebook & Instagram.

Let us also use this moment to pray for our Continent – Africa. According to a 2018 study by the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Africa has the largest population of Christians (631 million). This numerical Christian growth has not had a transformative impact on the continent. Conflicts, hunger, diseases, and poverty continue to plague our continent. Let us use this coming Africa Day to pray for Africa and its people to overcome all challenges.

3. CALL FOR VIGILANCE
South Africa is on the brink of a third wave of coronavirus infections. I am calling on all AFM pastors and leaders to be part of the campaign of driving down the infection rate by urging all to comply with the Covid-19 safety and hygienic regulations. I also call upon pastors to be channels of comfort and hope to all those who have lost loved ones due to the pandemic and those who are recovering from infections.

4. BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT: SHORT QUESTIONNAIRE

The AFM DEL (Doctrine, Ethics and Liturgy) Committee hereby request AFM Pastors to answer a short (3 questions) survey regarding the importance of the baptism in the Holy Spirit for Pentecostal believers in the AFM of SA:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8TCZNZN

Background Information:

The AFM is known as a Pentecostal church and part of the worldwide Pentecostal Movement. Worldwide Pentecostals are revisiting what it means to be Pentecostal. This is related to how they view themselves as a church that was born in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Part of that experience is the belief in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The AFM’s Confession of Faith (https://afm-ags.org/about-us/confessions-of-faith/) includes that we believe in the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues.

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 21 Mei 2021

Laai die PDF-weergawe hier af (om maklik te e-pos of uit te druk):

AFM 21 MEI AFR NUUSFLITS

HULPBRONNE:

1. GBM Aanlyn Registrasievorm
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=413

2. Pastorale Brief: 1ste Kwartaal
https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-1ste-kwartaal-2021/

3. Moontlike Aanvaarding van ‘n Enkele Huwelikswet: AGS Terugvoer
https://afm-ags.org/friday-7-may-2021-funeral-guidelines-updated-afm-response-to-salrc/

4. Begrafnis Riglyne (Opgedateer: Maart 2021 – Bywoning 100)
https://afm-ags.org/friday-7-may-2021-funeral-guidelines-updated-afm-response-to-salrc/

AGS Kollega,

1. PINKSTER WEEK & PINKSTER SONDAG

Ek wil verskoning vra vir ‘n foutiewe inskrywing op die AGS se Jaarkalender. Ons is sedert 14 Mei 2021 in Pinkster Week en Pinkster Sondag is op 23 Mei 2021. Laai gerus die korrekte AGS Jaarkalender af vanaf die onderstaande skakel:

https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Gedurende Pinkster besin ons oor die 120 wat gewag het op die uitstorting van die Heilige Gees in die bo-vertrek, soos opgeteken in Handelinge 1: 4-5. Op Pinkster Sondag sal ons saam met die wêreldwye Christelike gemeenskap die belangrike gebeurtenisse in Handelinge 2 vier. Ons sal dit doen te midde van ‘n pandemie wat die hele wêreld verswelg het. Neem asseblief kennis dat ‘n kort boodskap deur Past. Barend Petersen (Algemene Tesourier van die AGS van SA) geplaas sal word op die AGS se sosiale media platforms (insluitend Facebook & Instagram).

Laat ons hierdie Pinkster Sondag gebruik as ‘n geleentheid om te BID vir:

  • God se ingryping om die rampspoedige impak van Covid-19 te verlig.
  • Die werklikheid van die Heilige Doop in die lewens van ons lidmate.
  • Die ontwikkeling van die vrug van die Gees in die karakter van ons lidmate.
  • Herlewing

 

2. DIE AGS SE VERJAARSDAG & AFRIKA-DAG

Op 25 Mei 2021 sal die AGS sy 113de bestaansjaar vier. Hierdie feesviering val saam met Afrika-dag. Laat ons God se genade vier wat die AGS al 113 jaar vergesel. Laat ons ook nadink oor God se Geskenk van Verlossing (die DNA van die AGS) en die impak daarvan op die wêreld. Neem asseblief kennis dat ‘n kort verjaarsdagboodskap deur Dr. Japie en Mev. Susan La Poorta op die AGS se sosiale media gedeel sal word (insluitend Facebook & Instagram).

Laat ons ook hierdie oomblik gebruik om vir ons kontinent, Afrika te bid. Volgens ‘n 2018-studie van die Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary het Afrika die grootste bevolking van Christene (631 miljoen). Hierdie numeriese Christelike groei het nie ‘n transformerende impak op die vasteland gehad nie. Konflik, hongersnood, siektes en armoede is nog steeds kenmerke van ons kontinent. Laat ons die komende Afrika-dag gebruik om vir ons kontinent, sy mense en uitdagings te bid.

 

3. ‘N OPROEP TOT WAAKSAAMHEID

Suid-Afrika is op die rand van ‘n derde golf koronavirus-infeksies. Ek doen ‘n dringende beroep op alle AGS pastore en leiers om deel te neem aan die veldtog om die infeksiesyfer te verlaag deur lidmate en gemeenskappe aan te moedig om aan die Covid-19 veiligheids- en higiëniese maatreëls te voldoen. Ek doen ‘n beroep op ons pastore om aan te hou om kanale van hoop en vertroosting te wees vir almal wat geliefdes verloor het weens die pandemie en vir diegene wat herstel van infeksies.

4. DIE DOOP IN DIE HEILIGE GEES: KORT VRAELYS

Die AGS DEL (Doktrine, Etiek & Liturgie) Komitee versoek AGS Pastore om ‘n kort (3 vrae) vraelys te beantwoord oor die belangrikheid van die doop in die Heilige Gees vir Pinkster-gelowiges in die AGS:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8TCZNZN

Agtergrond inligting:

Die AGS staan bekend as ‘n Pinksterkerk en is deel van die wêreldwye Pinksterbeweging. Wêreldwyd is die Pinksterbeweging besig om weer te kyk na wat dit beteken om Pinkster te wees. Dit hou verband met hoe hulle hulself beskou as ‘n kerk wat gebore is uit die krag van die Heilige Gees. Deel van die ervaring is geloof met die Doop in die Heilige Gees. Die AGS se geloofsbelydenis (https://afm-ags.org/about-us/confessions-of-faith/) sluit in dat ons glo in die doop in die Heilige Gees met die aanvanklike bewys dat daar in tale gepraat word.

Seën!

MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 7 May 2021

Download the PDF-version here (printer and e-mail-friendly):

AFM 7 MAY ENG NEWSFLASH

RESOURCES

1. GBM Online Registration Form
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=413 

2. Pastoral Letter: 1st Quarter 
https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-1st-quarter-2021/ 

3. The Possible Adoption of a Single Marriage Statute: AFM Response 
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

4. Funeral Guidelines (Updated March 2021 – Attendance 100)
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

AFM Colleague,

1. I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVES

Our State President declared a National State of Disaster on 5 March 2020. There have been many significant consequential announcements restricting movement, business activity and gatherings. It is estimated that the unemployment rate stands at 42.6% which translates to more than 11 million unemployed people (according to the expanded definition). Many businesses have closed.

How are you doing during this coronavirus pandemic? Are you well?

The impact on the church has been immense, especially on our pastors. Many of our colleagues succumbed to this pandemic. The pandemic has also had a negative financial, psychological, and emotional impact on many pastors.

In Job 19:25 we read:

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth” (ESV).

We all know the story of Job. After he had lost his children, servants and wealth he became sick with what some Biblical scholars call ‘elephantiasis’ (the enlargement and hardening of limbs or body parts due to tissue swelling – due to obstruction of lymphatic vessels). His sickness led him to sit on an ash heap. It was during this time that his friends began to accuse him of some hidden sin that had brought him to this point. In response, Job said: “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth”.

If a person were poor and his/her property, or home, had to be sold, a Redeemer would be a person who would buy these items with a view to restoring them back to the original owner. A Redeemer would also be a person who would restore the rights of another person with a view to achieving justice for that person. We do not know for how long this pandemic will be with us. Job did not know the duration of his sufferings, but he gathered strength to declare that his Redeemer lives. It is this conviction that enabled him to be steadfast in his faith.

Amid the storm, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ is with us. He promised to be with us till the end of the age. It is to Him that we sing:

I hear the Savior say,

“Thy strength indeed is small,

Child of weakness, watch and pray,

Find in Me thine all in all.”

Jesus paid it all,

All to Him I owe;

Sin had left a crimson stain,

He washed it white as snow.”

I urge you to be strong in the Lord. I urge you to soldier on. Continue to serve Him. Continue to offer pastoral care. Our Redeemer lives. Be assured of my prayer for you.

2. PROPOSED SINGLE MARRIAGE STATUTE: AFM RESPONSE 

Regarding the issue above and as presented in the Newsflash of Friday, 23 April (https://afm-ags.org/newsflash-friday-23-april-2021/), kindly take note of the AFM’s response to the South African Law Reform Commission on 4 May 2021:

https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Blessings

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 7 Mei 2021

Laai die PDF-weergawe hier af (om maklik uit te druk of per e-pos aan te stuur):

AFM 7 MEI AFR NUUSFLITS

HULPBRONNE:

1. GBM Aanlyn Registrasievorm
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=413

2. Pastorale Brief: 1ste Kwartaal
https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-1ste-kwartaal-2021/

3. Moontlike Aanvaarding van ‘n Enkele Huwelikswet: AGS Terugvoer
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/ 

4. Begrafnis Riglyne (Opgedateer: Maart 2021 – Bywoning 100)
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/ 

AGS Kollega,

1. EK WEET DAT MY VERLOSSER LEEF

Ons Staatspresident het op 5 Maart 2020 ‘n Nasionale Ramptoestand verklaar. Daarna was daar vele invloedryke aankondigings wat onderskeidelik die beweging van mense, sakebedrywighede en byeenkomste beperk het. Die huidige werkloosheidsyfer staan op 42,6%, wat basies beteken dat meer as 11 miljoen mense sonder ‘n werk is (volgens die uitgebreide definisie). Baie besighede het hulle deur gesluit.

Hoe gaan dit met jóú tydens die koronavirus-pandemie?

Die impak op die kerk was groot, veral op ons pastore. Baie van ons kollegas het hulle lewens verloor. Die pandemie het ook ‘n negatiewe finansiële, sielkundige en emosionele impak op baie pastore gehad.

In Job 19:25 (AFR53) staan daar:

“MAAR ek, ek weet: My Verlosser leef; en Hy sal as laaste oor die stof opstaan.”

Ons ken almal die verhaal van Job. Nadat hy sy kinders, diensknegte en rykdom verloor het, het hy siek geword met wat sommige Bybelwetenskaplikes “olifantiasis” noem (die vergroting en verharding van ledemate of liggaamsdele as gevolg van swelling van die weefsel – as gevolg van obstruksie van limfvate). Sy siekte het daartoe gelei dat hy op ‘n ashoop gaan sit het. In hierdie tyd het sy vriende hom begin beskuldig van die een of ander verborge sonde wat hom tot op hierdie punt gebring het. Hierop het Job gesê: “MAAR ek, ek weet: My Verlosser leef; en Hy sal as laaste oor die stof opstaan.”

As ‘n persoon arm was en sy/haar eiendom of huis verkoop moes word, sou ‘n Verlosser ‘n persoon wees wat hierdie items sou koop met die doel om dit aan die oorspronklike eienaar terug te gee. ‘n Verlosser sou ook ‘n persoon wees wat die regte van ‘n ander persoon sou herstel met die oog op geregtigheid vir daardie persoon. Ons weet nie hoe lank hierdie pandemie by ons sal wees nie. Job het nie geweet hoe lank hy moes ly nie, maar hy het al sy krag bymekaar gemaak om te verklaar dat sy Verlosser leef! Dit is hierdie oortuiging wat hom in staat gestel het om standvastig te wees in sy geloof.

Te midde van die storm, is ons Verlosser, Jesus Christus met ons. Hy het belowe om by ons te wees tot aan die einde. Dit is vir Hom wat ons sing:

I hear the Savior say,

“Thy strength indeed is small,

Child of weakness, watch and pray,

Find in Me thine all in all.”

 

Jesus paid it all,

All to Him I owe;

Sin had left a crimson stain,

He washed it white as snow.”

Wees sterk in die Here. Hou aan om Hom te dien. Hou aan om pastorale sorg aan te bied. Ons Verlosser leef. Wees verseker dat ek vir jou bid.

2. MOONTLIKE AANVAARDING VAN ‘N ENKELE HUWELIKSWET: AGS TERUGVOER 

Rakende die bogenoemde kwessie en soos bespreek in die Nuusflits van Vrydag, 23 April (https://afm-ags.org/nuusflits-vrydag-23-april-2021/), neem asseblief kennis van die AGS se reaksie aan die South African Law Reform Commission soos op 4 Mei 2021:

https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Seën!

MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 23 April 2021

Download this Newsflash in PDF-format (e-mail and printer-friendly):

23 APR ENG NEWSFLASH

RESOURCES

1. GBM Online Registration Form
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=413 

2. Pastoral Letter: 1st Quarter 
https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-1st-quarter-2021/ 

3. The Possible Adoption of a Single Marriage Statute 
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

4. Baptism in the Holy Spirit: Short Questionnaire
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8TCZNZN

AFM Colleagues,

1. THE POSSIBLE ADOPTION OF A SINGLE MARRIAGE STATUTE 

You may be aware that the SALRC (South African Law Reform Commission) has produced a discussion paper with a view to bringing all Acts regulating marriages in South Africa into one law (Project 144 – Discussion Paper 152). For reference purposes, I am including a link to the relevant SALRC Media Statement (January 2021) here:
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Discussion Paper 152 is available on the Internet from the following site:
https://www.justice.gov.za/salrc/dpapers.htm

I have also included the submission made by the AFM of SA leadership on this matter, for your information:
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

In May, we plan to participate in the SALRC virtual workshops. Your prayers for this process are solicited.

2. BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT: SHORT QUESTIONNAIRE

The AFM DEL (Doctrine, Ethics and Liturgy) Committee hereby request AFM Pastors to answer a short (3 questions) survey regarding the importance of the baptism in the Holy Spirit for Pentecostal believers in the AFM of SA:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8TCZNZN

Background Information:

The AFM is known as a Pentecostal church and part of the worldwide Pentecostal Movement. Worldwide Pentecostals are revisiting what it means to be Pentecostal. This is related to how they view themselves as a church that was born in the power of the Holy Spirit. Part of that experience is the belief in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The AFM’s Confession of Faith (https://afm-ags.org/about-us/confessions-of-faith/) includes that we believe in the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues.

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 23 April 2021

Laai hierdie Nuusflits af in PDF-weergawe (om maklik te stuur per e-pos of uit te druk):

23 APR AFR NUUSFLITS

HULPBRONNE:

1. GBM Aanlyn Registrasievorm
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=413

2. Pastorale Brief: 1ste Kwartaal
https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-1ste-kwartaal-2021/

3. Moontlike Aanvaarding van ‘n Enkele Huwelikswet
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/ 

4. Doop in die Heilige Gees: Kort Vraelys
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8TCZNZN

AGS Kollega,

1. MOONTLIKE AANVAARDING VAN ‘N ENKELE HUWELIKSWET

Jy is moontlik alreeds bewus dat die SALRC (South African Law Reform Commission) ‘n   besprekingsdokument opgestel het om alle wette wat huwelike in Suid-Afrika reguleer, onder een wet saam te vat (Project 144 – Discussion Paper 152). Vir verwysings doeleindes sluit ek hier ‘n skakel na die relevante SALRC-mediaverklaring (Januarie 2021) in: https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Die besprekingsdokument is op die volgende webwerf vanaf die internet beskikbaar:
https://www.justice.gov.za/salrc/dpapers.htm

Ek heg ook die leierskap van die AGS van SA se verklaring oor hierdie aangeleentheid aan vir jou aandag:
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Ons beplan om in Mei-maand aan die virtuele SALRC werkswinkels deel te neem. Bid asseblief vir ons deelname asook die uitkomste van die proses.

2. DIE DOOP IN DIE HEILIGE GEES: KORT VRAELYS

Die AGS DEL (Doktrine, Etiek & Liturgie) Komitee versoek AGS Pastore om ‘n kort (3 vrae) vraelys te beantwoord oor die belangrikheid van die doop in die Heilige Gees vir Pinkster-gelowiges in die AGS:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8TCZNZN

Agtergrond inligting:

Die AGS staan ​​bekend as ‘n Pinksterkerk en is deel van die wêreldwye Pinksterbeweging. Wêreldwyd is die Pinksterbeweging besig om weer te kyk na wat dit beteken om Pinkster te wees. Dit hou verband met hoe hulle hulself beskou as ‘n kerk wat gebore is uit die krag van die Heilige Gees. Deel van die ervaring is geloof met die Doop in die Heilige Gees. Die AGS se geloofsbelydenis (https://afm-ags.org/about-us/confessions-of-faith/) sluit in dat ons glo in die doop in die Heilige Gees met die aanvanklike bewys dat daar in tale gepraat word.

Seën!

MG Mahlobo